A major deterrent in the public acceptance of existing motor vehicle passive and active safety restraint system, is the lack of comfort and convenience in their use. The purpose of FMVSS 208, Comfort and Convenience, is to correct this deficiency by specifying standards of governing belt fit, belt pressure tension, use of rear occupant emergency locking retractors, warning systems, belt guides and stand-offs, and latch plate accessibility. This study analyzed the domestic 1979 Model Year passenger and light truck and van fleets for compliance. The results indicated that the 1979 fleets are generally in non-compliance in the areas of chest location and belt pressure for torso belt fit; availability of emergency locking retractors for rear seats; free standing belt guides for rear seats; and audible and indicator light warning systems for belt non-engagement. The design changes required to correct these deficiencies are relatively minor and can be instituted within the 1981 Model Year time frame. Results of an analysis of the impact on manufacturing lead time and per unit costs for rulemaking compliance are given by manufacturer and vehicle model.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Corporate-Tech Planning, Incorporated

    275 Wyman Street
    Waltham, MA  United States  02154

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Taylor, T J
    • Ludtke, N F
  • Publication Date: 1979-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 168 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00305794
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-HS-805-135 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-9-02110
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 20 1980 12:00AM